Life During The Great Depression

The Dust Bowl was an agricultural, economic, and social disaster that occurred on the Great Plains of the U.S. during the 1930's. Poor farming practices, severe drought and high winds devastated the farmland and created huge dust storms that killed thousands. The Dust Bowl forced thousands of families to move west.
Shanty Towns were common sights before 1929. They were built by the homeless during The Great Depression. The homeless clustered into Shanty Towns close to free soup kitchens. The authorities didn't realize people were living in Shanty Towns, but if they did they would occasionally remove them for trespassing on private land.
The New Deal was a series of domestic programs enacted in the U.S. from 1933-1938. It produced a political realignment with its base in liberal ideas, the South, traditional Democrats, big city machines, and the newly empowered labor unions and ethnic minorities. The First New Deal dealt with the pressing of the bank crisis through the Emergency Banking Act. The Second New Deal included the Wagner Act to promote labor unions.
The Social Security Act is what created the security system in the United States. The main purpose of the Act was to provide assistance to those who were unable to work.
The Securities and Exchange Commission enforces the federal security law. It was created during the 1930s. It was created because of the Security Exchange Act of 1934.
Herbert Hoover was the 31st President and took office during the first year of The Great Depression. Hoover took a big amount of blame for the Great Depression because he didn't realize how severe it actually was.
Franklin Roosevelt lead the United States through The Great Depression and World War II. He was the 32nd President of the United States. He helped American people believe in themselves. By 1935, the United States had recovered so much from The Great Depression
John Steinbeck was a writer during The Great Depression. He interviewed two men who were hiding out in California to start his first book, "In Dubious Battle." He also wrote "Of Mice and Men" which was printed in 1937.
The Tennessee Valley Authority provided navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing, and economic development. The TVA was not only a provider, but also a regional economic development agency. The TVA's service areas covers most Tennessee, portions of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and a little part of Georgia.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was created to help provide jobs for young men between the ages of 17-28. This helped them with clothing, shelter, and food. This also provided them with $30 monthly for work.
This picture by Dorothea Lange, called Migrant Mother, was a mother of 7. The mother, her kids, and her husband settled to camp at pea-pickers farm where over 3,000 people were also camping out.
Dorothea Lange was a photographer best known for her pictures during The Great Depression. One of her most famous pictures was Migrant Mother. It was a picture of a mother with her kids. It showed the struggle of time during The Great Depression
Because of a major drought, during The Great Depression, it was easier to start the construction of the Hoover Dam. The drought aloud for the workers to start pouring cement because there was not a lot of water in the way.
People who did not have a place to live during The Great Depression usually hopped from train to train. They would hide along the trains because people were hired to keep hobos off the trains. They hopped on trains to go look for work somewhere else.
Many people during The Great Depression were forced to go into soup kitchens because they could not afford food for their family. Most soup kitchens were ran by churches or charity groups. They served mostly soup and bread.
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